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The Ongoing Conversation

I’m in the process of writing a book on self defense that emphasizes the ability of women to protect themselves, focuses on the non-fighting skills that everyone can develop, and addresses the larger picture of attacks on women. Which is … Continue reading

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Believe Women Matter

A lot of the discussion – the angry discussion – accompanying the much-applauded fall of Harvey Weinstein focuses on believing women. The argument is that if people believed women when they said they’d been harassed, assaulted, raped, things would change. … Continue reading

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Holding Space

Lately I’ve been noticing a spate of articles about women in men’s space. There’s been much discussion of the subway tactic of “inseaming” or “manspreading,” both deploring it and proposing strategies for countering it. What I particularly notice is that … Continue reading

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Taking Care of Ourselves

Flashes of Illumination

Maya Kaathryn Bohnhoff’s post on harassment got me to thinking about self defense in general, so I decided that today’s post should be a flash memoir about a time I defended myself on the street. This appeared in my collection … Continue reading

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What Are You Afraid Of?

WisCon is a science fiction convention, but since it’s also a feminist convention, the panels cover more than books and movies. This year the programming committee let me talk about self defense. Because I’ve done presentations before on the non-fighting … Continue reading

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Guns and Self Defense

 Some years back — maybe 10 years before the Great Recession — I wrote a story about a stockbroker who’d become homeless in an economic crash. The only possession of value he had left was an Uzi and for awhile … Continue reading

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The History Behind “St. George and the Dragon (Revised)”

As I point out in the introduction, my story featured on Book View Cafe today — “St. George and the Dragon (Revised)” — was originally written as a gift for my fellow students in a self defense course. The course … Continue reading

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